Mauritania Prime Minister returns 24 hours after resignation
NOUAKCHOTT - Mauritania's president reappointed his prime minister on Monday after the ruling party's sweeping victory in elections last year.
"President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz asked the outgoing Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Moulaye Laghdaf to form a new government," said state-run news agency AMI, a day after the premier and his cabinet had resigned -- a routine step after parliamentary elections.
Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, a former diplomat and an engineer with a masters' degree in management, is married with four children and speaks Arabic, French and English.
Abdel Aziz first named him prime minister after coming to power in a 2008 coup.
In the legislative and local elections held in November and December, the ruling Union for the Republic party won 74 seats -- and holds a total of 110 together with its allies -- dominating the 147-member National Assembly, whose new members took office on Wednesday.
The election was seen as a test of strength for Abdel Aziz five years after he came to power in a coup and four years after he won a widely contested vote.